With Easter almost upon us and lockdown restrictions soon to ease, bakers have been busy whipping up all manner of egg-squisite creations to celebrate.
From traditional fruit cakes and family-sized celebration creations to bunny-themed biscuits and brioche buns, there’s plenty to get your teeth into.
The retailers have gone big on hot cross buns with a variety of new flavours including extremely chocolately, chilli & cheese and mocha coffee.
Here’s our pick of the latest Easter NPD to hit shelves:
Egg-splosion Easter doughnuts, Krispy Kreme
It’s a case of sunny side up over at Krispy Kreme, which is embracing Easter with three seasonal doughnuts.
Priced at £2.25 each, they are: Egg-splosion, filled with a fondant yolk, dipped in a chocolate flavour coating and drizzled with white and yellow icing; Egg-streme Berry Pop containing a fruity raspberry filling, covered in icing and decorated with strawberry and orange flavoured popping candy; and, Cracking Honeycomb Crunch, featuring a rich caramel centre and white chocolate shell scattered with honeycomb pieces and caramel swirls.
The range will also feature within The Easter Eggstravaganza Dozen (rsp: £18.95), a presentation box that includes three of each Easter doughnut plus three Original Glazed Doughnuts. Limited edition Easter Creation Kits containing two Original Glazed ring doughnuts and two Egg-Splosion Kreme variants alongside colourful toppings and icings are also on sale for those inspired to fashion their own (rsp: £14.95 plus delivery).
Traditional Easter cake, Vergani
Fancy a bake similar to a panettone packed with candied orange peel and topped with almonds? A Colomba cake is the answer. It’s the traditional way to celebrate Easter in Italy, according to fine foods retailer Macknade, which is selling the Classic Colomba Cake – made to an old recipe by the Milan-based Vergani family – for £15.50.
Spring Sharing Box, Paul
Artisan bakery Paul has produced an array of sweet and savoury Easter bakery items.
It’s Spring Sharing Box (rsp: £26.95) is aimed at Easter picnic or afternoon tea occasions and features two Fraisier Bunnies made with sponge cake filled with mousseline cream, fresh strawberries and topped with green marzipan. They’re joined by two Craquant Eggs, comprising dark chocolate sponge cake with chocolate mousse, a thin layer of crisp praline and a chocolate glaze, and a box of 12 jewel-like mini macarons.
An egg-shaped Eggceptional Carrot Cake (£23.95, serves 4-6) has also been unveiled. Made with freshly grated carrots, it contains soft cream cheese, pecan nuts and vanilla syrup and is topped with an iced carrot and a sprinkle of pecans for added crunch.
The Hot Cross Cramique Brioche Bun is available in fruit or chocolate flavours priced at £1.50 each, five for £4, or eight for £8.
Cadbury Creme Egg doughnuts, Creams Café
How do you eat yours? On a doughnut, of course! Dessert restaurant brand Creams Café has teamed up with Cadbury to create doughnuts with Cadbury Creme Eggs and Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Each box (£8.95), contains four doughnuts: two are coated with white chocolate, a drizzle of mango sauce and topped with half a Cadbury Creme Egg and the remaining pair are encased in milk chocolate, with a sprinkling of milk chocolate shavings and topped with a nest of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
They’re being sold alongside a Pancake Stack With Cadbury Mini Eggs (£6.95). Described as ‘indulgent’, the product features six fluffy American pancakes, drizzled with milk chocolate sauce, topped with milk chocolate shavings and finished with a handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
Miffy Spring Biscuit Gift Set, Honeywell Biscuit Co
Bunnies come in all shapes and sizes. And, seemingly, biscuits. The Northamptonshire-based baker has collaborated with Miffy to create a Miffy Spring Biscuit Gift Set.
The brand said the animated bunny has always been a favourite of bakery founder Rebecca Honeywell-Ward, whose dad worked with Miffy to bring the first licensed toys to the UK in the 1970s.
“We are now very excited to be making the first licensed biscuits,” Honeywell said on its website. The £35 box includes seven hand iced treats themed on Miffy characters. A percentage from every sale will be donated to the bakery’s charity partner Farm Africa.
Happy Pleeseter bundle, Pleesecakes
The online cheesecake specialist has hatched a plan to create a whopping Easter-themed collection for 2021. It’s Dip-Dip Hooray celebration cake (rsp: £42) serves 8-10 people and features a double chocolate digestive biscuit base, vanilla cheesecake mixed with crushed Cadbury’s Mini Eggs and rainbow sprinkles. It is topped with Easter confectionery and an orange blossom yolk – plus, toasted hot cross bun soldiers for dipping.
Joining the line-up is also the six-strong Happy Pleeseter bundle (rsp: £36) of cheesecakes in Carrot Cake, Creme Egg, Mini Eggs, Hershey’s Blondie, Reese’s Brownies and Hot Cross Bun flavours. It’s Easter Chuffles, meanwhile, comprise two boxes each containing 12 chocolate coated eggs filled with either Biscoff, Vanilla & Raspberry or Nutella flavoured cheesecake (rsp: £24).
Easter cupcakes, Fatherson Bakery
Fatherson Bakery’s Easter delivery caters to both traditional and modern tastes. It’s fruity Simnel Cake (rsp: £6) is described as light with a flame glazed marzipan top. It is accompanied by a Mini Cupcake Easter Platter (rsp: £4.50) comprising nine mini homemade cupcakes, each topped with Easter-themed icing; a Cupcake Easter Platter, a collection of Easter celebration cupcakes (rsp: £7.99); chocolate and vanilla Butterfly Cakes (rsp: £3.50) and vanilla Easter Seasonal Cupcakes, which are finished with spring coloured icing and edible flower decoration (rsp: £4).